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Advance your technical career with CSU's Master of Information Technology. Delivered by industry leaders, this coursework features a contemporary approach – integrating industry and practice perspectives alongside emerging tools and technologies.  

Offering specialisations such as networking, security, programming, business analysis or IT management, CSU's Master of Information Technology will see you learning from Australian Research Council funded researchers who work in collaboration with global industry and academic leaders.

This course is part of an articulated program of study. Articulated programs allow you to build on your study to achieve the right level of qualification for you.

The Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) (12 subjects) is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    Responding to the needs of IT professionals, CSU's Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) (12 subjects) is offered online, at our Port Macquarie campus, and with the CSU Study Centres in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

    CSU encourages students from different educational and work-experience backgrounds to apply. We offer an entry pathway for students without an undergraduate degree but with previous IT experience. In keeping with the strong practical focus of the course, we also offer credit for a wide range of industry certificates from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft and EMC, along with credit for previous academic study.

    Choose your pathway

    If you choose to study online, all subjects can be completed without the need to attend on-campus lectures or residential schools, with each subject supported by a host of educational technologies including video lectures, lab simulations and chat rooms.

    Build expertise across a specialist area

    Comprising four core subjects, four elective subjects, and four specialisation subjects, this master's course offers the opportunity to hone skills across emerging fields such as Business Analysis, Computer Networking, Network Security, IT Management, Software Design and Development, and Systems Analysis.

    Learn from anywhere – at your own pace

    As an online student you can complete the course in up to four years. You can also fast-track completion by studying additional subjects, enabling you to finish earlier. You can also choose to study fewer subjects or take temporary leave to fit in with your busy work and personal schedule.

    The renowned School of Computing and Mathematics

    The School of Computing and Mathematics boasts a research profile ranked at world level by the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. The school's focus is on practical applications of information and communication technology, mathematics and statistics to applied problems in industry, the environment and business.

  • Career opportunities

    Information technology careers and specialisations are consistently evolving – offering an exciting professional future.Your management and technology skills will position you to devise technology solutions to business problems as a business analyst. As a network security specialist you will use your advanced knowledge and skills relating to emerging technologies and innovation to protect your organisation and its IP.Advanced skills across cloud computing, privacy and storage are under increasing demand as organisations seek to become more agile and responsive to technological advancements.

  • Professional recognition

    The Australian Computer Society (ACS) accredits courses in Information Technology to verify that they meet professional standards in terms of content, staff skills, teaching facility and quality assurance. The Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) is accredited at the Professional level by the ACS.

    Australian Computer Society

  • Credit and pathways

    Candidates may receive transfer credit for up to 50 per cent of the course for prior study if they can demonstrate that such study was completed at a recognised higher education institution within the last 10 years at postgraduate level. To apply for credit, candidates are required to submit with their application for admission a certified transcript of results and subject outline/curriculum of those subjects.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Subjects

    Students can choose subjects from the specialisations that are listed below. All students may choose up to two specialisations. Alternatively, students may also opt to do a general degree by choosing subjects across a range of specialisations.

    Business Analysis

    Business Analysts propose technology solutions to business problems. This specialisation prepares students for a business analysis role through a blend of management and technology subjects. Topics covered include management theory and practice, systems analysis, risk management and data analysis and visualisation.

    Computer Networking

    This specialisation provides students with a strong knowledge of computer networking fundamentals. Students then progress towards an understanding of more specialist topics such areas as virtualisation and cloud computing, network security, and emerging technologies.

    IT Management

    Students who study this specialisation will gain an excellent knowledge of managing IT resources. Management topics that are covered relate to security, information management, and managing IT infrastructure.

    Network Security

    This specialisation provides a broad coverage of computer and network security issues. Foundational areas of security such as the CIA triad, network defences, cryptography, and security policy are treated in-depth. Students also study more specialist areas such as digital forensics.

    Software Design and Development

    Students who study this specialisation will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming before deepening their skills through proficiency in the Java Programming Language. Advanced topics such as building web applications may also be taken. 

    Systems Analysis

    Students in this specialisation will acquire the skills necessary to plan and develop software solutions to business problems.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Diploma of Information Technology

    The Graduate Diploma consists of four (4) core subjects and four (4) restricted electives.  

    Core subjects

    ITC505 ICT Project Management
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
    ITC544 Computer Organisation and Architecture
    ITC556 Database Systems

    Restricted Electives
    Choose four (4) subjects from:

    ITC504 Interface Useability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC515 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#
    ITC538 Programming in Java 1
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC539 Android App Development
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC558 Programming Principles
    ITC560 Internet of Things
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC568 Cloud Privacy and Security
    ITC570 IT Project Experience
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics


    Master of Information Technology (12 subjects)

    The Master degree consists of the Graduate Diploma requirements as set out above and 

    • four (4) subjects from the same specialisation. This will allow graduation with a particular specialisation - e.g., Master of Information Technology (Network Security); or
    • four subjects across specialisations. This will allow graduation with a generic Master of Information Technology

    Note: All students must complete the capstone subject ITC571 regardless of whether they undertake a specialisation


    Computer Networking Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC560 Internet of Things
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC595 Information Security


    Network Security Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC568 Cloud Privacy and Security
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics


    Cloud Computing Specialisation

    Compulsory subjects:
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted Electives:
    Choose two (2) subjects from:

    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC560 Internet of Things
    ITC568 Cloud Privacy and Security


    Software Design and Development Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC515 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#
    ITC538 Programming in Java 1
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC539 Android App Development
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC558 Programming Principles


    Mobile Programming Specialisation

    Compulsory subjects:
    ITC539 Android App Development
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted Electives:
    Choose two (2) subjects from:
    ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#
    ITC538 Programming in Java 1
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC558 Programming Principles  

    Systems Analysis Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC504 Interface Useability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC558 Programming Principles
    ITC596 IT Risk Management  

    IT Management Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management


    Business Analysis Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
    ITC504 Interface Useability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice

    ** Capstone subject for this course


    Master of Information Technology (16 subjects)

    The Master degree consists of the Graduate Diploma requirements as set out above and

    • four (4) restricted elective subjects;
      plus
    • four (4) subjects from the same specialisation
      OR
    • four subjects from across specialisations

    Completion of four (4) subjects in the same specialisation will allow graduation with a particular specialisation - e.g., Master of Information Technology (Network Security). Completion of four (4) subjects across specialisations will allow graduation with a generic Master of Information Technology

    Note: It is possible to graduate with two specialisations by undertaking four subjects from two distinct specialisations. Subjects that are counted towards one specialisation may not be counted towards another. All students must undertake the capstone subject ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation, regardless of whether they study 0, 1 or more specialisations.

    Restricted electives
    Choose four (4) restricted electives from:

    ITC504 Interface Useability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC515 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#
    ITC538 Programming in Java 1
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC539 Android App Development
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC558 Programming Principles
    ITC560 Internet of Things
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC568 Cloud Privacy and Security
    ITC570 IT Project Experience
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics

    Specialisations


    Computer Networking Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC560 Internet of Things
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC595 Information Security


    Network Security Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:

    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC568 Cloud Privacy and Security
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    ITC597 Digital Forensics


    Cloud Computing Specialisation

    Compulsory subjects:
    ITC561 Cloud Computing
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose two (2) subjects from:

    ITC514 Linux Server Administration
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC560 Internet of Things
    ITC568 Cloud Privacy and Security


    Software Design and Development Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC515 Professional Programming Practice
    ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#
    ITC538 Programming in Java 1
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC539 Android App Development
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC558 Programming Principles  

    Mobile Programming Specialisation

    Compulsory subjects:
    ITC539 Android App Development
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted Electives:
    Choose two (2) subjects from:

    ITC518 Principles of Programming using C#
    ITC538 Programming in Java 1
    ITC521 Programming in Java 2
    ITC558 Programming Principles


    Systems Analysis Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC504 Interface Usability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC558 Programming Principles
    ITC596 IT Risk Management


    IT Management Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC595 Information Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management


    Business Analysis Specialisation

    Compulsory subject:
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**

    Restricted electives:
    Choose three (3) subjects from:

    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
    ITC504 Interface Useability
    ITC508 Object Modelling
    ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation
    ITC548 System Analysis PG
    ITC572 Software Defined Networks
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice

    ** Capstone subject for this course

    Enrolment pattern

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any prerequisites or assumed knowledge. Students are encouraged to enrol in core subjects in the initial sessions and complete as many of these as possible before selecting specialisation subjects.

  • CSU Study Centres

    CSU Study Centres offer courses in Accounting, Business and Information Technology to international students in the heart of Sydney and Melbourne. The CSU Study Centre Brisbane offers a course in Accounting. CSU Study Centres offer the latest technology, a busy calendar of student activities, and a diverse student population from all over the world. They are easily accessed by public transport and are close to shops, restaurants and city attractions.

    Visit the CSU Study Centres website.

  • Admission information

    For admission to the Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) (12 subjects) applicants are required to have a bachelor's level degree or higher from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, or a qualification deemed to be equivalent. Applicants with a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology or a Graduate Diploma of Information Technology who have extensive work experience in a technology-related field at a senior level will also be considered.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Access to allowances for study

    Student income support may be available to students undertaking study in a number of professionally-oriented Masters by coursework degrees.

    Eligible students undertaking approved Masters degrees will be able to access Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement. To be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY, students will still need to be studying full-time and to satisfy all other Youth Allowance and AUSTUDY program requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests.  Students who have queries about Masters courses and their income support entitlements should contact Centrelink on 13 24 90 for further information.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBIS
    DirectOn CampusCSU Study Centre Sydney
    CSU Study Centre Melbourne
    CSU Study Centre Brisbane
    FPOSYYYNO TAC
    DirectOn CampusCSU Study Centre BrisbaneFPPGYYYNO TAC
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBIS
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieFPOSNYNIBIP
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieFPPGNYNGBIP

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    • To graduate from the MInfoTech (12 subjects) students must satisfactorily complete 96 subject points
    • To graduate, from the MInfoTech(16 subjects) students must satisfactorily complete 128 subject points

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    074616M (CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne, CSU Study Centre Brisbane)
    081461M (Port Macquarie)

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  • About the School

    School of Computing and Mathematics

    The School of Computing and Mathematics is a cross-campus School, based at the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, and offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees online. The School has strong external research and consultancy links, creating a range of opportunities for students to mix their study with interesting research projects. The School of Computing and Mathematics has an excellent national reputation, with a research profile that is ranked at world level according to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. In addition, the School was recently ranked by University Reviews as offering one of the top two computer science courses in Australia for 2016. The focus of teaching and research is on practical applications of information and communication technology, mathematics and statistics to applied problems in industry, the environment and business.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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    NORMAL COURSE DURATION

    1.5 years full-time

    3 years part-time


    CSU Study Centres: 2 years full-time

    Port Macquarie: 2 years full-time for international students

    MODE

    On Campus; Distance Education

    CAMPUS

    Port Macquarie, CSU Study Centre Brisbane

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  • NORMAL COURSE DURATION

    1.5 years full-time

    3 years part-time


    CSU Study Centres: 2 years full-time

    Port Macquarie: 2 years full-time for international students

    MODE

    On Campus; Distance Education

    CAMPUS

    CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne, Port Macquarie, CSU Study Centre Brisbane

    See full list of enrolment options

    COST OF STUDY

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    CRICOS

    074616M (CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne, CSU Study Centre Brisbane)
    081461M (Port Macquarie)